IRL: Kansas: Team Penske qualifying quotes

"The track changed a lot since the morning session which I think was because of a combination of the heat, the wind shifting and the rubber laid down during the truck race. We had a lot of understeer in turns 3 and 4 so we did the safe thing by ...

"The track changed a lot since the morning session which I think was because of a combination of the heat, the wind shifting and the rubber laid down during the truck race. We had a lot of understeer in turns 3 and 4 so we did the safe thing by waving off our first run and coming back out at the end of qualifying for one lap. When I came back out, the car was handling much better and I was able to put it in the top-ten (Castroneves qualified seventh). Marlboro Team Penske did a fantastic job with the adjustments and really made a great save. I'm very satisfied with today's result. Now we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the race tomorrow."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified seventh - 216.228 mph (25.3066 seconds)

"I really don't know what happened during our qualifying run. We went out with a car that was handling really well -- I was able to run a 216.9 mph by myself this morning. During qualifying, the car had so much understeer that I almost crashed in (turn) four opening my lap. I thought that maybe the tires hadn't come in so I went for it on my next lap. Unfortunately, the same thing happened and I had to get out of the throttle big time. On my final lap, I just backed off early to make sure I wouldn't go off. I had an unbelievable amount of push in turn four. In hindsight, I should have aborted the run altogether. But qualifying is all about believing and not the time to figure things out. You know you have to go flat to do a good time and that was what I tried to do. I made my job tomorrow that much more difficult by starting in the back but the car has been handling well in the races. When you have a good car you can move up from the back of the field so we'll just take it step-by-step and hope we're there at the end."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 and 2001 National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified 21st - 211.714 mph (25.8462 sec.)

-mtp-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske